Timberwolves seeking too much in Jimmy Butler trade

Report: Heat at top of Jimmy Butler's trade wish list

That came in a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times in which he cited National Basketball Association sources.

I like the way Jimmy Butler didn't go for the fake out. A Heat spokesman told the Sun Sentinel recently they would not address speculation, but Miami looks like a major player in the Butler sweepstakes.

Butler, 29, has a requested a trade from Minnesota, where he has only played only one season. Now, Miami with cap space to pay Butler long-term could be the favorite.

He had previously said that the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers were at the top of his list.

Trades don't usually happen overnight, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the T'wolves are still listed at +175, especially since head coach Tom Thibodeau says that he won't complete any trade he feels is bad for Minnesota. We're going to do what's good for the Timberwolves. Teams believe Thibodeau is making counterproposals that he knows franchises will never accept, according to the report.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported on Thursday that the asking price the Timberwolves have placed on Butler is too steep for interested teams. They only have two draft picks over the next three years (both first-round), but the Miami Herald reported that they would be willing to include Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow in talks.

Butler, meanwhile, took a physical with the Wolves on Monday before Thibodeau declared that the player is still doing rehab work after having minor surgery on his hand during the offseason.

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